Summit DD staff member teaching session on inclusion

Emerging Leaders Program

Are you a self-advocate looking to take on more leadership roles within your community? Then we want to talk to you. Summit DD is launching an Emerging Leaders Program to help prepare self-advocates for visible and influential roles in the community and local organizations.

The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) is an ongoing training and leadership development course designed specifically for self-advocates seeking to increase their capacity to impact their local communities.
The Program is comprised of six classes revolving around key leadership competencies:

  1. Relationship Building: emotional intelligence, building trust, conflict resolution.
  2. Feedback: personal profile (SMART Goal), coaching, peer-to-peer feedback, effective communication
  3. Agility: cultivating decision-making skills, evaluating individual performance and goal achievement.
  4. Adaptability: dealing with change, time management, flexibility.
  5. Innovation & Creativity: enhancing critical thinking, brainstorming, teamwork, collaboration.
  6. Leadership Launch: (final class) refinement of personal SMART Goals, certificates, board member roles & responsibilities review, transition plans accepted.

*Transition Plans with SMART Goals are developed during the ELP Program as part of the participant’s Leadership Path and are expected to be adopted into everyone’s ISP.

We are now accepting applications to participate in our Emerging Leaders Program (Class II). If you are interested, please submit the application below by June 15, 2024 to be considered for the program. Please note, class size is limited to 6 participants.

(Having trouble with the online form above? Download the PDF and complete the printed application. Please return your completed application via email to for consideration.)

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